Governor Tim Walz just extended his order for Minnesotans to stay at home or face criminal prosecution. His extension goes all the way until May 4th. Since his original order two weeks ago, several Minnesotans have been fined by police for violating the order. Walz also set up a hotline for citizens to report people disobeying the order.
This order states that "nonessential" workers must stay home. It also closes camping in state parks and forests. Bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses must remain closed.
Walz turns to state statutes to claim emergency powers. But statutes do not supersede the law of the land, our Constitution. More importantly, emergency powers in state statute cannot limit our God given rights protected by the Minnesota Bill of Rights.
Action 4 Liberty opposes this illegal emergency power. One person should not have the power to eradicate the rights of Minnesotans and destruct our economy. We call for Legislature to end Governor Walz Emergency powers!
Unfortunately, neither Republican leadership or Democrat leadership at the State Capitol are proposing to give back the massive $2.4 Billion in Reserves to Minnesota taxpayers to help families during these uncertain economic times. They already spent $500 Million of the projected surplus in the last month on new government spending, instead of cutting other spending items.
Republicans should take leadership on this issue. Tell Senator Gazelka to give back the Reserves to taxpayers!
Paul Gazelka (Nisswa), Republican Senate Majority Leader
E-mail: [email protected]
The city of Edina, MN put up a strange post on Facebook last night in response to calls they received from citizens complaining about people in the city not complying with Governor Walz' Quarantine for All order. It appears the main concern focuses on people who were not complying with social distancing because they were playing team sports like basketball and soccer.
Here's the post:
The post provides a link to the city's webpage that gives further guidance on the policy. According to the city, "group activities that are not in compliance with obvious physical and social distancing, such as basketball, soccer and other non-individual sports, are not allowed in Edina in order to comply with Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This ban will be in effect until further notice."
The city informs people that not following the order "carries penalties of a fine up to $1,000 or 90 days in jail." They state that their focus is to educate the public, but acknowledge that eventually police will issue tickets.
I've been a Republican since I first got involved in politics in high school over 20 years ago. Like many others in the Republican Party, I would strengthen my views by listening to Rush Limbaugh, watching Fox News and reading the books by the biggest minds in the conservative movement. It was obvious to me that we all stood for individual liberty and the free market. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party had been moving closer to the socialist parties of Europe.
But then came March of 2020 and our identity is in serious crisis. It was a little over a year ago when I heard President Trump state boldly in his State of Union address that the "United States will never be a socialist country." We all applauded when he said it, but it appears few Republicans believed it.
Trump last week revealed his response to the COVID-19 outbreak and it was an American socialist's wet dream. He wanted to use the printing press to create a trillion dollars of money out of thin air to redistribute to Americans under a certain income level, while leaving the rest paying the bill.
Quickly, that trillion dollars doubled, and by the time Congress got its hands on it, the proposal became a $2 Trillion omnibus bill full of pork. The bill passed the U.S. House on Friday despite the heroic challenge of Rep Thomas Massive (R-Kentucky) who demanded a quorum be present and that the vote be recorded. Massie's insistence was a nuisance not only to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, but also drew intense criticism from Republican leadership...and President Trump.
How dare he demand such things! This isn't a time for following the Constitution! Sadly, these sentiments of the crony political elite in Washington won the day. And Minnesota's Republican delegation were all in lock step with the Swamp: Emmer, Hagedorn and Stauber.
To make matters worse, the chairwoman of the Republican Party in the state is cheering this socialist bill on. She posted on facebook how Congress needs to act and pass the bill.
Carnahan, who is basically just taking marching orders from the Republican National Committee at this point, is moving forward with an unprecedented power move for Republican Conventions. After canceling all local Republican conventions in the state back on March 12th, she's now moving them electronically against the rules of the Party. Worse yet, the State Party will now be in charge of running the local conventions and votes will be sent directly to them. One can only imagine how the candidates running against the Swamp will fare in this scenario.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Legislature convened on Thursday to give Governor Walz hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending, using the budget surplus to pay for it. Republican Reps Drazkowski and Munson, who publicly wanted to give the surplus money back to taxpayers, challenged both the Democrats and Republican establishment on the house floor before the vote.
The rules of the House were suspended to not allow floor amendments. It did not go through the committee process where legislators could weigh in on it. And the bill was written in private by just a handful of people. Most legislators likely didn't read the bill before voting for it, since the 33 page bill wasn't available until minutes before the vote. But Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt went to the floor bragging about the hard work put into crafting the legislation and got the whole Old House Republican Caucus to vote for it. Only four Republican members opposed it: Reps Drazkowski, Munson, Bahr and Miller.
In typical fashion, the spineless Republicans in the Senate Majority all joined the Democrats and voted for the bill unanimously. Now the Governor who has usurped Constitutional powers by shutting down businesses and quarantining citizens in their homes, has a couple hundred million dollars more to spend. But Minnesota families won't see any relief from St Paul as politicians have failed to give the surplus and "rainy day" funds back to them.
So what does it mean to be a Republican anymore? Objectively, this Party is not about free markets, fiscal responsibility or LIMITED GOVERNMENT! What is the point in having principled views when you don't turn to them in times of crisis?
The Democrats have positioned themselves to win even if they lose at election time. I can't imagine a better scenario than to have your opponent do your work for you. Bernie Sanders must be so proud that while his campaign may have lost, his ideas did not. They were so powerful that the Republicans adopted them.
I've read Karl Marx. I've studied the totalitarian regimes in the 20th Century and the failed economics of European socialists. And I refuse to see this Party go in that direction. There's going to be a fight for the future of the Republican Party. If we allow it to drift this far to the left, it will die a slow, painful death. One can only imagine the government we will get when that happens.
So what are you going to do about it?
If you are conservative like me and want to defeat the liberal, socialist agenda, YOU MUST speak out against these Republicans who are ruining the Party. I urge you to lash out at your legislators and Congressmen for voting like socialists. Write emails to friends and family. Post on social media. If we do nothing, then we'll get more of this destruction to our Constitutional Republic.
Do not accept the BS line "well this is what we need to do in a time of a crisis". The conservative philosophy has the best solution. We should be drastically reducing our dependence on government by cutting spending, eliminating regulations (like with life saving drugs and manufacturing equipment) and letting families keep their money so they can survive the economic downturn. THIS is the solution and the rightful remedy.
Let your voice be heard:
Jennifer Carnahan, Republican Party of MN Chairwoman
E-mail: [email protected]
Paul Gazelka (Nisswa), Republican Senate Majority Leader
E-mail: [email protected]
Kurt Daudt (Spectacle Lake), Republican House Minority Leader
E-mail: [email protected]
Governor Walz makes unprecedented move and issues unconstitutional order quarantining Minnesotans to their homes. The order was announced at a 2 pm press conference and is not currently available to be read by the public. Walz' order would force people to stay in their homes unless they meet the criteria of the approved activities or are part of essential services.
How does one man issue an order that eradicates our rights protected by the Minnesota Bill of Rights? Simple answer is: he can't!
Walz has made a clear violation of the separation of powers in our state constitution and has abused the powers of his office. The blowback of this step is yet to be seen since the order provides vague exceptions to the mandate for activities like:
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
- Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
- Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
- Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
- Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation
Although this order seems relatively minimal in its impact, it moves Minnesota in a dangerous direction towards authoritarianism. Eventually law enforcement and government regulators will take the vagueness in the order to infringe on our rights. Our travel may be questioned by traffic stops. Firearms and ammunition sales might be halted because they are not considered "essential". Independent journalism, an important key to combatting the unified messaging of corporate media, may be barred from receiving media exemptions.
The 2020 Minnesota Legislative session began with a $4 Billion surplus in play (budgetary balance + reserves). Which means that taxpayers in this state were overcharged. Not surprising to anyone, the Democrats wanted to take all the surplus money and spend it on more government. While the Republican Senate proposed to give a portion back and keep the rest in government coffers.
Now we are learning that the revised estimates of the surplus have shrunk due to supplemental spending packages that passed a week ago or are likely to pass on Thursday. According to the Office of Management & Budget, the budgetary balance is only $811 Million. When added to the $2.4 Billion in Reserves, the surplus has shrunk to $3.2 Billion.
Since budgetary balances are projections of revenues and expenditures for the remainder of the biennium budget, it's likely to be erased soon by a decline in revenues due to the COVID Recession. That means the only surplus funds left to return to taxpayers is the massive $2.4 Billion Reserve Account (labeled the "rainy day" fund by legislators).
Unfortunately, legislators on both sides of the aisle, want to use the "rainy day" funds to ensure government doesn't have to make cuts. Meanwhile, Minnesota families are struggling financially with the uncertainty of these economic times. Here's Republican Representative Pat Garofalo prioritizing keeping the money for government.
Now, more than ever, it's important for politicians in St Paul to start making cuts to our bloated government and give back our money! Tell your legislator to prioritize Minnesota families instead of government spending...and give the reserves back to taxpayers!
The Minnesota Legislature is planning on meeting this Thursday to rush forward another spending package to combat the spread of COVID-19. According to Fluence Media, the legislation would contain Governor Walz' supplemental spending budget to include:
- $200 million to establish a COVID-19 emergency fund
- $29 million for emergency child care grants
- $10 million for DEED’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Fund
- $9 million for food shelves
Noticeably missing from the discussion, however, is why the legislature and Governor aren't proposing to give back the remainder of the budget surplus and the massive reserves, often referred to as "rainy day funds". Returning these funds could amount to $2,000 for taxpaying families in Minnesota.
Hey Senator Gazelka and Speaker Hortman: It's raining in Minnesota!
What possible crisis or emergency is more important than giving this money back to us right now? We've been overtaxed, which is why these funds even exist. As the federal government turns to the printing press to send checks to Americans (not a real solution in the long haul), the Minnesota legislature could give back billions of real dollars that are sitting in a government account.
It's immoral for these politicians to meet on Thursday and ignore the real struggles that Minnesota families are going through financially when there is something they can do about it. The restaurant industry is completely crushed since they've been ordered to close their businesses. And we're learning everyday about members of our organization who are being laid off or losing their jobs.
So why is the legislature and Governor not giving us back our money? Are they worried that government revenues will fall this year and hoping to keep the money for more wasteful, government projects? Shouldn't the Republican Senate, who say they are for less government and less taxes, be leading on this issue right now?
We, the people of Minnesota, are facing some uncertain times. A lot of that is the result of government's overreaction. So now, more than ever, we call on the legislature and Governor to immediately give back the surplus and budget reserves to the taxpayers!
The political elite are using the COVID-19 crisis to rapidly expand the powers of government, while limiting our God given rights. Governor Tim Walz appears to be on the verge of issuing a government mandated "Quarantine for All" order. He's already unilaterally shut down commerce in restaurants and bars and has made it illegal for businesses to set their own prices.
Let's take a look at the powers (the only powers) granted to the Governor in the Minnesota Constitution.
In fact, our Constitution clearly states that powers are divided amongst 3 branches. There's no exception for declared emergencies.
Walz, and his compliant Attorney General friend Keith Ellison, turn to state statutes to claim emergency powers. But statutes do not supersede the law of the land, our Constitution. More importantly, emergency powers in state statute cannot limit our God given rights protected by the Minnesota Bill of Rights...
Section 2. Rights and privileges. No member of this state shall be disfranchised or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land or the judgment of his peers. There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the state otherwise than as punishment for a crime of which the party has been convicted.
Section 3. Liberty of the press. The liberty of the press shall forever remain inviolate, and all persons may freely speak, write and publish their sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of such right.
Section 7. Due process. No person shall [...] be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.
Section 16. Freedom of conscience. The enumeration of rights in this constitution shall not deny or impair others retained by and inherent in the people. The right of every man to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any man be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any religious or ecclesiastical ministry, against his consent; nor shall any control of or interference with the rights of conscience be permitted.
Know your rights and use them. If you don't know them, you'll inevitably lose them. Giving one person, unilateral law-making power goes against the spirit of our Constitutional, Republican form of government. We should not stand for Governor Walz' vague laws. Powers of government are suppose to be expressly written and limited; while our freedoms are inherently vague and widespread.
Action 4 Liberty will always be opposed to authoritarianism, but we encourage people to listen to the science. Free people can and will make the right choices for their community. Here's a list of guidance from the White House on combatting the spread.
Governor Walz took a radical step in the direction of authoritarian rule by opening the possibility to issuing an order that forces Minnesotans to stay in their homes. The order comes as the Governors of New York and California issued similar "Shelter-in-Place" orders that force citizens to not leave their home by threat of imprisonment or fines.
“I certainly think it is a possibility,” Walz mentioned in an interview with WCCO. “We have to have every tool in the toolbox.”
What Would a Shelter-in-Place Order Mean?
Minnesotans would only be allowed out of their home for a list of government approved circumstances. So far, the lists adopted by other states are pretty vague. Those who work in "essential services" can leave for work and citizens are able to visit stores to purchase groceries and supplies.
There would also likely be an exception for people engaging in health related activities such as running, biking or taking walks.
Why This is Problematic
This sets an incredibly dangerous precedent for the political elite who constantly seek to grow our reliance on the government and limit our everyday freedoms. In order to carry out anti-freedom policies, politicians use an incremental approach because they know that drastic measures will end in revolts. But they use the fear of the unknown amongst the population in a crisis to cease these new powers. And it works.
The Star Tribune ran an online poll and found a slight majority of the people would welcome a Shelter-in-Place order. Although not a scientific poll, it does represent what many of us believe is the case: we've been scared into giving up our rights.
A Shelter-in-Place would be an enormous hit to our already struggling economy. As government scrambles to update its definition of "essential services", many industries would either cease activity or drastically reduce commerce. Despite what the political class promises with "stimulus and bailout packages", we'll all be paying for that since the government doesn't have money that they haven't taxed or created using the printing press.
The most problematic part of Walz taking this step, however, is that law enforcement and government regulators will take the vagueness in the order to infringe on our rights. Our travel may be questioned by traffic stops. Firearms and ammunition sales might be halted because they are not considered "essential". Independent journalism, an important key to combatting the unified messaging of corporate media, may be barred from receiving media exemptions.
Action 4 Liberty opposes Governor Walz unilaterally creating laws that infringe on our rights. Minnesotans should follow the advice of medical professionals in combatting the spread of COVID-19, but at the same point, not stand for authoritarian rule by politicians in St Paul.
Rep Ilhan Omar proposed a plan to give Americans $1,000 per adult and $500 per child in an emergency stimulus package to help families as they struggle from the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 outbreak. In an interview with WCCO, Omar acknowledged the similarity between her and Trump's plans.
"I applaud this Administration for thinking about the people, for wanting to put money in people's pockets" stated the freshman Congresswoman.
With a current trillion dollar budget deficit and a projected loss in federal revenues due to the economic downturn, in order to enact a program like Omar's, the federal government would have to turn to the printing press. If passed, the U.S. Treasury would create money out of thin air and send to families as relief.
Monetary inflation leads to a rise in prices because more dollars are chasing an unchanged basket of goods and services. The rise in prices adversely affects low income families the most. Therefore, this plan proposed by Omar would equate to a tax on low income families.
Action 4 Liberty recently called for a plan to give Minnesota families $1,000 back. But the difference with our plan is that the money already exists and is owed to taxpayers. Rep Munson's Give It Back Act takes the $4 Billion budget surplus and returns it to the people in the state who paid taxes.